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Mission

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events


Thu, September 29, 2016 from 04:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Knafel Center

Film screening: Trafficked

Cosponsored Event

Please join the Carr Center for a screening of the new movie “Trafficked”, based on the award winning book ‘Sex Trafficking’ by Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, and directed by Will Wallace.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, with time for questions from the audience.

Siddharth Kara, Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Author of “Sex Trafficking”, Screenwriter & Producer of “Trafficked”

Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Anne Archer, Academy Award-nominated actress, lead of “Trafficked”, activist

Moderator: Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Cosponsored with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 07:30pm

VENUE
Knafel Center

ADDRESS
10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Poster
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Thu, September 29, 2016 from 12:30pm - 01:30pm  /  Bldg-1, Rm 1208

Fulfilling the Health SDG in India: Some Old and New Concerns

Cosponsored Event

Gita Sen, Distinguished Professor & Director, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India

This series features current research of members and affiliates of Global Health and Population, HSPH.  The intent is to both educate and raise the awareness of our community and beyond, about the research activities presently being conducted by faculty, students, researchers and special guests of the department.

START
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 12:30pm

END
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 01:30pm

VENUE
Bldg-1, Rm 1208, HSPH

ADDRESS
665 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Poster
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Fri, September 30, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S354

Governance for Development — Political and Administrative Reforms for Bangladesh

Book Talk

S. Nazrul Islam, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy Analysis Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Chair: Prithwiraj Choudhury, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Analyzing Bangladesh’s governance problems and drawing insights that will be relevant to other developing countries, this book sharpens our understanding of governance and suggests political and administrative reforms to improve governance and facilitate faster development.

Book sale to follow.

START
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 04:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

0930 Islam
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Wed, October 5, 2016 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Puja and the Space between Devotee and God: An Anthropology of Atmosphere

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Frank Heidemann, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Chair: Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

In puja, a Hindu act of worship, the relationship between devotee and God is transformed and the space between them altered. Using case studies of the Badagas in the Nilgiri hills of South India, this presentation analyzes puja in light of the New Phenomenology and Gernot Böhme’s philosophy of atmosphere.

Atmosphere, according to Böhme, is the quality of a surrounding space, as perceived by all the senses and the felt body (Leib). It is an intersubjective, fluid, dynamic totality: a total social fact. The perceiving persons are co-producers and part of the atmosphere, but they consider it an external, “half thing” (Halbding). Atmospheres create social realities, contextual norms, and have an impact on the emotional state of individuals. Every society has specialists who strategically construct and monitor the process of creating atmospheres. Puja and other activities of priests produce particular religious atmospheres and contribute to a shared emotional state among devotees. In other contexts atmospheres contribute to what Heidemann calls “social proprioception.” He argue for an anthropology of atmosphere that investigates the production and perception of social atmospheres and their ontologies.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies

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Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

1005 Heidemann
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News


Student voices: Reslilience in Nepal

During her summer internship in Nepal, HKS student Yoko Okura conducted stakeholder interviews with community leaders, local government officials, teachers, students, and parents to evaluate the impact of community-based and school-based disaster reduction programs.

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SAI welcomes new Steering Committee member

SAI is pleased to welcome JP Onnela, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, to our Steering Committee this year. Onnela’s work focuses on social and biological networks and their connection to human health.

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SAI seeks Research Assistant, Animal Law

The Research Assistant will research laws, policies, media reports, and empirical data related to farming and other agricultural practices in South Asia and, depending on interest and expertise, potentially also the Middle East and Asia. He/she will work in collaboration with the SAI team and the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program.

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Student voices: Cultural connection

“This study abroad program allowed me to connect more with how I identify myself,” writes Ajay Singh, Harvard College ’18, who spent his summer studying Punjabi at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Chandigarh with support from a SAI grant.

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